Home-made Goodness

If time permits, I´ll make my own pasta more often! Although the process is a bit time-consuming, the reward is just really good. And it might sound crazy but I find that working with flour, dough and pasta machine help me de-stress greatly. It´s so much better to do what you like than dragging along the endless hours of doing something you have grown to hate…

Now, back to pasta making. I am quite happy with the result of this round. My fettuccine has a wonderful texture – firm enough to `bite through´ yet still smooth. The secrets lie in two factors. Firstly, I use the pasta flour imported from Italy (photo), which is the mixture of hard durum wheat semolina flour (70%) and normal wheat flour (30%) The durum wheat is the key to provide the firm structure of the end products. And secondly, I think my skills have improved, too! I do learn that resting the dough properly really helps to make better pasta. The recipe and technique I follow are from Neil Perry´s The Food I love, which is a really good cookbook with very detailed descriptions and explanations.

To cook my home-made fettuccine, I have chosen something simple. Neil Perry´s fettuccine with toasted breadcrumbs have appealed to me for some time, so I decided to make it with some of my personal twists by changing the method and a few ingredients here or there. The result is a very comforting dish, which I am sure a lot of us will love. Simple, elegant and pretty enough to eat, you may want another serve just like me!

Home-made fettuccine with toasted breadcrumbs and fresh peas

Inspired from this book

Ingredients

400g fettuccine (or other pasta of your choice)

175g fresh coarse breadcrumbs (made in food processor from day old sourdough)

250ml extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt

1 shallot, pealed and finely chopped

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

1 tbsp slated baby capers, well rinsed and drained

Handful (or more) fresh peas

60ml red wine vinegar

A pinch of sugar (optional)

2 handfuls Italian parsley

Freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve

Freshly ground pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200C (400F). Put the breadcrumbs on baking tray. Toss in 2 tbp olive oil and some sea salt. Bake in the oven for 10-15 mins or until golden.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente.
  3. Add some olive oil in a hot pan, gently sauté s shallot, garlic. Add in baby capers and peas, stir until the peas are soft to your liking.
  4. Add in the vinegar and remaining olive oil. Check seasoning and adjust with salt & sugar if necessary.
  5. Toss the pasta, 3/4 amount of breadcrumbs and herb with the oil mixture. Toss well to mix.
  6. Divide among heated plates. Sprinkle with remaining breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Note: my photos were taken before adding parmesan!

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I would like to submit this post to Presto Pasta Night, hosted by Ruth of Once Upon A Feast. Please head to her blog for all the wonderful entries later on!

37 Responses to Home-made Goodness

  1. sher says:

    Brava!! That’s impressive! How I would love a dish of that! The way you made the pasta is spot on, and I think toasted bread crumbs are one of the best ways to serve pasta.

  2. Precious Moments says:

    yes yes, i want a serving too.

  3. KJ says:

    This looks really good. I love making my own pasta too. I agree, it is so worth the effort.

  4. Baking Soda says:

    Wish you wrote down the directions for pasta making as well…I’m struggling to get the right texture to use with my pasta extruder on the DeLonghi/Kenwood stand mixer. Your dish looks yum!

  5. Ruth Daniels says:

    Awesome entry – gorgeous photos, as usual, and great tips on making pasta and what a terrific way to use left over bread.

  6. Patricia Scarpin says:

    This pure goodness, indeed, Anh! And homemade pasta is the best – I can’t believe I won’t be able to have your pasta for lunch!

  7. Valli says:

    I admire the fact that you make your own pasta!!! I know that it makes a big differnece in texture and taste when making a dish. I haven’t invested in a pasta machine for myself but I have used others to make lasagna sheets or filo dough!!

  8. Kelly Mahoney says:

    It looks great! I’d really like to learn how to make flavored pasta. I was recently at a little eatery that had spinach pasta with fettucini sauce. It was a beautiful color and quite tasty.

  9. Lydia says:

    Beautiful, simple, perfect for summer!

  10. Dayna says:

    Your photos are beautiful and the recipe sounds delicious.

  11. Mishmash ! says:

    Pls serve some here with a glass of wine ofcourse :)

  12. eliza says:

    anh, the ingredients are simple yet the dish is very exquisite 😉 now i wish i had a pasta maker.

  13. eatme_delicious says:

    that pasta sounds and looks really good! i love the addition of bread crumbs. i want to try making my own fettuccine but i’m a bit scared of how time consuming it will be especially without a pasta machine!

  14. Nora B. says:

    Anh, that is certainly homemade goodness. Your fetuccini sounds and looks fantastic! Well done with the pasta making. I am still pondering over whether or not should buy a pasta roller, and which brand I should get…

  15. marye says:

    this pasta looks so interesting..and just..mmm. I love it! Great pictures too!

  16. lynn says:

    I’ve wanted to make homemade pasta forever. Yours looks delicious! Thanks for the tip on the pasta flour.

  17. Anh says:

    Sher, I do agree. Breadcrumbs are so good here!

  18. Sandeepa says:

    Hey Anh

  19. Mandy says:

    Wow~homemade pasta! I wish I could acquire such skill, or maybe move to Melbourne and be your neighbor so that I can turn up unannounced:p

  20. Lia says:

    i love all type pasta and iam enjoying it, badly i can not seen the photo since flickr they have bannde here :(

  21. Wendy says:

    Wonderful! I could eat pasta every day, very happily!

  22. Truffle says:

    Anh- you continue to amaze me! What a beautiful dish and I am so impressed by the wide spectrum of your culinary skills.

  23. Anh says:

    Sandeepa, oh honey, thanks for remembering me! :)

  24. bee says:

    the gorgeouosness of this dish lies in its simplcity. will be trying it soon.

  25. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    This is beautiful – peasant food at its best (but isn’t that USUALLY the best kind of food!?) ;)

  26. Aimée says:

    Bravo, Anh! You are very ambitious to make pasta. Isn’t it rewarding, though? Just added you to my blog roll-keep up the good work!

  27. Cynthia says:

    Perfection, Anh, perfection!

  28. Amy says:

    I love toasted bread crumbs on pasta, this dish looks fantastic! A pasta machine is on the top of my wishlist. :)

  29. Elle says:

    I’ve never made home made pasta. Yours looks wonderful, especially with the breadcrumbs and peas.

  30. Johanna says:

    Looks delicious – reminds me a bit of a broccoli and breadcrumb dish I have – maybe it would go with pasta – and home made pasta is so much more satisfying than the dried stuff!

  31. KJ says:

    Hi Anh, I’ve just discovered that you you can’t access my blog through my profile for some reason. If you do want to visit the meme I tagged your for, my site is http://www.crackinggoodegg.blogspot.com.

  32. tigerfish says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. It’s a homemade pasta and the peas and breadcrumbs add such different texture to the fettu. 😀

  33. Kristen says:

    That sounds so good! I have wanted a pasta attachment to my Kitchen Aid for some time now, but I wondered how often I would use it. If you can make something look this delicious, I think I’ll be buying one soon! Yum!

  34. Kristen says:

    By the way…beautiful photos!

  35. Sharmi says:

    that looks very filling and yum. wonder if I can find them here.

  36. valentinA says:

    I wish I had a pasta machine now!

  37. Cris says:

    Yummy, never made fettuccine with breadcrumbs, I will give this a try!

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